|The History of Sound Poetry: An Introduction - Charles Amirkhanian|
Charles Amirkhanian traces developments in 20th Century text-sound composition, including recorded examples by such historical figures as Kurt Schwitters, Raoul Hausmann, Ernst Toch, Gertrude Stein, Mauricio Lemaitre, François Dufrene and Henri Chopin. More modern examples of American work follows. Production of this program funded by the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission.
Keywords: Sound Poetry; Documentary; Electro-Acoustic/Electronic
|Paul Dresher performs Chorale Times Two at Other Minds 4, 1997 - Paul Dresher|
While experimenting with a Yamaha SY-99 synthesizer Dresher created a synthesizer timbre that intrigued him sonically and from which kept emerging a simple expanding chord progression. This suggested the kind of core harmonic progressions embodied in Bach chorales, which are often used as models in beginning studies of harmony and voice leading. The idea kept hanging around and nagging for attention, which it finally receives in the Concerto for Violin & Electro-Acoustic Band...
Keywords: Music; Chamber Music; Electro-Acoustic/Electronic; Other Minds Festival
|Dead by the Road - Benjamin R. Fuhrman|
This piece was inspired by my morning drive to MSU one day in late October. While driving, I noticed an accident in passing where a woman had struck and killed a homeless man on a bike while taking her mortified kids to school. While stopped at the light next to the scene, I had a good view of the man's face, staring towards me with dead eyes as blood seeped from his head. The gentle breeze inviting a cascade of leaves to fall between us remains an indelible memory of morbid beauty...
|Eggs Over Boiling - Benjamin R. Fuhrman|
Electro-acoustic composition exploring the relationship between envelopes, gain, and panning. The title is a reflection on the appearance of the spectral rendering of the waves in the DAW as they appear to boil over their respective channels while mixing down.
|Interview with Per Nørgård|
On November 30, 1970, Per Norgard, the then 38 year old Danish composer, talked with Charles Amirkhanian in the KPFA-FM Studios. Norgard discusses his early studies with Vagn Holmboe and others and explains his system of music composition known as the “infinity row”, which can generate compositions of any duration up to and including a millennium. These works which also have numerous layers and sub-layers constituted his output of the time...
Keywords: Per Nørgård; KPFA-FM; Music and Interview; New Music; Electro-acoustic / Electronic; Composers
|Charles Amirkhanian & Anthony Gnazzo: William Panda with Back Mark to Martyre - Charles Amirkhanian & Anthony Gnazzo|
A collection of collaborative sound pieces for radio by Anthony Gnazzo and Charles Amirkhanian. This program has sensitive language. We hope you are a sensitive listener.
Keywords: Sound Poetry; Spoken Word; Electro-Acoustic/Electronic; Anthony Gnazzo; Charles Amirkhanian
|Ode to Gravity: Interview with Bob Sheff|
Robert Sheff (aka Blue Gene Tyranny) interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian. Sheff discusses his career as a composer, performer and recording artist, including early activities growing up in Texas, his involvement with the ONCE festivals, his work at Mills College Center for New Music and his interest in composing for film. Compositions included (and discussed) include Black Forest Trading Post; Country Boy, Country Dog; L'Invasion Printainiere; and The Flow of Body and Mind (becomes Music for Any ...
Keywords: Music and Interview; Electro-Acoustic/Electronic; KPFA-FM; Bob Sheff; Blue Gene Tyranny
|Valse Klavier - Benjamin R. Fuhrman|
As the title indicates, this is a simple keyboard waltz. All puns are intentional.
|You Must Wear Earphones|
Ron Williams, a student of psycho-acoustics and composer, talks about his experiments with binaural recording, which he hopes will lead toward a process of recording which will exactly simulate the human hearing experience. Williams has designed a model of his own head with two microphones carefully placed inside the fleshy ears. The purpose is to record sounds exactly as humans hear them, including any spatial components...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; psycho-acoustics; Ron Williams; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic/Electronic
|Pauline Oliveros Theatre Piece for Trombone with Stuart Dempster, 1965 - Pauline Oliveros|
Composed together with Elizabeth Harris (staging) and performed by Stuart Dempster at a concert given in 1965 at 321 Divisidero Street in San Francisco. Charles Boone describes the action and setting preceeding the very theatrical performance involving candles, hose, funnels and other unusual props. From a live broadcast. KPFA had telephone lines installed into the San Francisco Tape Music Center so that concerts before a live audience could be heard live.
Keywords: Music; Performance Art; Electro-Acoustic/Electronic; KPFA-FM; San Francisco Tape Music Center
|Ode to Gravity: Luc Ferrari|
Host of KPFA-FM's Ode to Gravity series Charles Amirkhanian, interviewed French composer Luc Ferrari at his home in Paris in June of 1972. The night before the interview, Ferrari had a world premiere performance of his "Monologos I" at the Opera Comique. Ferrari discusses his compositional practices and experiments in voice and tape delay that developed into Monologos I. The two also talk about Ferrari's activities since 1970 which included the writing of his book "Les réalisable et le journal ...
Keywords: Electro-Acoustic/Electronic; Avant-Garde; Luc Ferrari; Interview and Music; KPFA-FM
|Ode to Gravity: Seven American Women Composers|
Charles plays selections from a recent LP he produced called New Music for Electronic and Recorded Media - Women in Electronic Music. The music on this album exhibits an exciting, wide-open, freewheeling approach to the medium of electronic music which has come to be typical of this genre in the late 1970s. No longer are composers obsessively concerned with the agonizing, expressionistic, and purely "electronic" (synthesized) sound formulas which marked much of this music composed between the mi...
Keywords: KPFA; Ode to Gravity; 1750 Arch Records; New Music for Electronic and Recorded Media; New Music; Electro-Acoustic/Electronic